Broad Bean Pate

26 Jul

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I love broad beans and this is a lovely, fresh tasting pate.  Broad beans are also know as fava beans which are often found in Middle Eastern dishes.  I like the green colour of this and food should be pretty to the eye, as well as delicious to the tongue.   There are many versions of broad bean hummus, but I found this one on http://kelliesfoodtoglow.com/ which used Zatar, a spice that is often used in the Middle East.  I moan about not getting a decent Zatar outside of the Middle East and have to settle for supermarket varieties – bah!   I used to have a jar in my kitchen from a Lebanese friend’s mother…best Zatar so far.   The search will always continue though!  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Picnic Bread with Artichokes, Feta, Lemon and Parsley (Gluten Free)

21 Jul

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Although I have called this a picnic bread, it does not mean it can only be consumed at a picnic!  It would also have a welcome place at a bbq.  Or lunch. It’s a lovely summery bread made with my favourite gluten free bread recipe.  I actually prefer this dish cold as the flavours develop and you are left with a tasty bread.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

16 Jul

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I’ve been playing around with ice cream recipes that do not require an ice cream maker (although I now want one!) and a few no churn ice recipes seem to rely on condensed milk which is out for so many reasons!  This was the most simple recipe and the Chief Taster loved it so much I “had” to make it again the following weekend.   It’s also vegan and also great for anyone who is intolerant to dairy.  I made another ice cream with cream and yoghurt, but in all honesty, I preferred this one.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Blackened Salmon Fillets

9 Jul

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The Chief Taster has been on a few business trips and seems to have this every time so thought I would try it.  I finally have got the blend of spices right (according to him) and am now wondering on what vegetable I could try this on so I can taste it myself (as I am a vegetarian).  I tried eggplant but that was not a success.  The search is on.  Or perhaps I could use this spice mix in a soup….now that’s a thought.  I did try the seasoning in a vegetable stir fry and loved it.  This is very easy to make and takes about 15 minutes to prepare and cook.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Stuffed Picnic Rolls (Gluten Free)

2 Jul
Delicious and colourful filling

Delicious and colourful filling

I’ve just finished munching one of these and think it’s the fillings that make it so delicious.  The bread is just a carrier of tasty treats and looks pretty when sliced into two too.   I’ve called this a picnic roll as they would be ideal for a summer picnic but they are a great idea for lunch too.   This bread is very filling due to the high fibre content too, so one is plenty.   You could play around with the fillings too and perhaps make a breakfast roll stuffing it with cooked egg, bacon and a tomato?   The rolls are best made a day before you want to eat them as they are wrapped in clingfilm to firm up.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Pecan and Coconut Cookies (Flourless)

29 Jun

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I have been having a cookie baking spree with various nut butters much to the delight of the Chief Taster.  These are number 2 on his list (the peanut butter ones win apparently).   I’ve found that you can make a delicious gluten free cookie with nut butters and pecan nuts make a great cookie.  With the addition of dried coconut the cookie is delightfully chewy too.  It must be dried coconut as I tried this again with fresh coconut and it did not yield a decent cookie.   I just love that these are so simple to make and tasty to eat too!  Soft and chewy as a cookie should be!  Feel free to play around with the flavourings too!  Some orange rind would be tasty.

You can leave out the egg to make them vegan and they still yield a nice moist cookie.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Broad Beans in Basil Dressing

23 Jun
Delicious bean salad

Delicious bean salad

I love broad beans and they are a taste of summer especially with this salad dressing.   They are also known as fava beans. You can use fresh or frozen beans.  I made this from a bag of frozen beans I found lingering in the back of my freezer.  I also peeled them for a change too.  I normally eat them with their skins on , but peeling them did not take too long and I was left with a colourful plate.  The green colour is radiant and fits into my belief that food should look colourful and appetizing to eat.  Simple to make too which is an added bonus!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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